The spring is known in our house is “Busy Season.”
Tell me if this sounds familiar. Last Saturday’s schedule looks something like this:
8:45 have big boys to Natatorium
->9:30 have Maj at football field
10:00 Major’s football game
11:30 sell banquet tickets at Nat
12:30 GHS water polo game #2
2:00 Get home prepare for evening
3:30 Leave for DBU
4:30 Tour DBU
6:00 Leadership Dinner
10:00 Get home and prepare for Church on Sunday
And Sunday was very similar, starting early and ending late.
I am sure many of you can claim weekends like this. And I would be willing to bet that you probably have two or three other days each week that are filled to the rim as well. Now, the “why” of this we will save for another blog post. Let’s chat for a moment about the effect of this season.
Busy Season is different in every family, but we all seem to have one. The holidays, summer break, maybe even a month with 8 birthdays could be your Busy Season. At our house, Busy Season seems to go along with the kids sports seasons. I would not trade the kids being in sports for anything. I am a complete advocate for kids playing sports. Everyone getting a trophy, not so much, but playing the game is an important part of growing up. So we do it.
Year after year we commit to the eight weeks each spring, and fall, of taking the little guy to practices and games. We go to the early mornings and we root for our team whether we win or lose, and whether we think he is getting enough play time or not. And we look forward to the end of his season so we can sleep late on Saturdays again.
But about four or five weeks into it, I realize that I am dragging. I realize that I go to bed tired and I get up tired. I realize that the grace I offer my husband and my children, and especially myself, is very limited. And then I realize that I haven’t spent near enough time with Jesus. Somethings had to give, and I realize that one of the things I gave was my time with God.
When I figure out the problem, the first think that goes through my mind is, “Why do I always do this?” I mean really? I am getting so good at this by now that it doesn’t take near as long to realize that the problem is me as it used to. I remember for years telling my mom how exasperated with life I was, and her response would be, “Are you spending any time with God?”
Seriously, when I am in the word every day I can click through the day like Super Woman. Nothing fazes me. I face challenges with prayer. I see the needs of others. Fear is a four-letter word. When I am in relationship with God daily I am unstoppable.
Now, this is no coincidence. The bible says in Matt 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” That means when you seek a relationship with God you will have love, peace, joy, mercy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. You will filled with the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
But, when I put that relationship on the back burner it is like when I ignore any other relationship that I love. I get moody. I grow weary. My fuse gets short. It becomes impossible for me to offer much grace to anyone else. I overwhelm easily, and there seems to be a lot more days filled with chaos and disorder. And you know what? “God is not a God of disorder – confusion, chaos, havoc, turmoil, disruption – but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people,” 1 Corinthians 14:33. Yep, none of that stuff is from God.
I once heard a pastor say, “if you are OVERwhelmed with life, then you are UNDERwhelmed with God.” I have to agree with that. Just being with him puts a hedge of protection around our hearts and our minds. Who does not want that!
So today I want to encourage you to be overwhelmed with God’s grace during your Busy Season. I started the year out SO GOOD! Spending time with God everyday has changed my life, and keeps changing my life. And when I take a moment to see what is missing, and it turns out to be HIM, I am so thankful that I know where to find Him. I am so thankful that he is waiting for me with open arms to welcome me back.
Please comment below and tell me how you get back on track in your busy season.